A message from Collision CEO, Paddy Cosgrave
We are delighted to announce that Collision is moving to Toronto. Right now feels like a special moment for Canada, and for Toronto. There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere. Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of University of Waterloo and other institutions.
New Orleans, Collision’s home for three years, is a very special town, but as Collision grows we needed to find a bigger and more globally connected base.
I believe that Canada and Toronto have lived to some extent in the technology shadow of America, but that’s changing and changing fast.
A new wave of Canadian founders are building companies, not just out of Canada, but all over the world. At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders, when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for diversity and inclusion.
It’s true that some international tech entrepreneurs have been denied visas to attend Collision in New Orleans in recent years. At the same time, Canada now fast-tracks international work visas.
We are incredibly excited to work with the city of Toronto, Mayor John Tory and the entire tech ecosystem to make sure Collision delivers an amazing experience for attendees in 2019. Our thanks go to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his welcome support.
– Paddy Cosgrave
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